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Fire (classical element)

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Fire is one of the four classical elements in ancient Greek philosophy and science. Fire is considered to be both hot and dry, and according to Plato is associated with the tetrahedron.

One of the four elements thought to make up the universe; the others being Air, Water, and Earth. In Wiccan tradition, it is associated with the South, Summer, and the color red on the physical plane. It is sometimes represented by a red triangle, the athame, blood, candles, the guitar, rubies, and incense. Fire represents energy, inspiration, passion, and masculinity. In rituals, Fire is represented in the forms of burning objects, love spells, baking, and lighting candles and fires.

The manifestations of the Element of Fire are the sun, lightning, fires, volcanoes, all forms of light, and ovens. Cats of all types, especially the lion and tiger, are also thought to personify the element of Fire, as are all predatory creatures, such as the fox. Astral creatures of Fire (elementals) are the Salamander, Phoenix, and Drake/Dragon. Fire’s place on the pentagram is the lower right point. In China and Japan Fire is represented by a red bird; in the Aztec religion, by a flint; to the Hindus, a lightning bolt; to the Scythians, an axe; to the Greeks, an apple-bough; and in Christian iconography by a lion.

An anonymous poem called “Invoking the Elements,” says “This is the Fire, my Children; these are the Creatures: / Drake who hoards; Kirin who gives; / Angel who heals; Chimera who reaves; / Coal the slow; Lightning the quick; / Salamander, power's wick; / Soul who praises; Gryphon who scorns; / Phoenix who dies and is reborn. / This is the Fire I conjure, and this is the birth of the World.”


Classical Elements

Western
Air
Fire | Aether | Water
Earth
See also: Quintessence


Chinese
Wood (木) | Fire (火) | Earth (土) | Metal (金) | Water (水)

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